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anyone been to esca??

canemh Aug 28, 2008 11:33 AM

any recommendations for someone who isnt a foodie and is pretty simple

  1. steve h. Aug 28, 2008 11:43 AM

    esca is all about seafood. if solo, you might want to sit at the small bar, order a flight or two of the crudo and maybe finish off with a pasta dish like the spaghetti neri.

    esca has a terrific wine list. ask the barkeep to pair wines by the glass with your meal.

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    1. re: steve h.
      _emilie_ Aug 28, 2008 01:20 PM

      Agreed -- the crudo are the highlights of the menu at Esca.

    2. c
      canemh Aug 28, 2008 11:48 AM

      what is crudo??

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      1. re: canemh
        steve h. Aug 28, 2008 11:56 AM

        raw seafood. chef pasternack is famous for it.

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        chachalicious Aug 28, 2008 12:10 PM

        We used to live down the street from Esca and were there once a week. We have brought foodie and non foodies alike, and there is mostly fish- but the few non fish items we've had were top notch. There housemade pasta is very good too. Sit at the bar (only 4 seats) with the regulars and let the bartender guide you.

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          ExFlexitarian Aug 28, 2008 01:28 PM

          The guitar cut spaghetti with sea urchin roe and crab is one of the best pasta dishes i've ever had in the city.

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            Mona Lisa Vito Aug 29, 2008 02:52 PM

            very overrated. How can a "all about fish" place be out of fish? It was good, don't get me wrong, but the quality didn't match the price. There are many other less expensive, but just as good, options in nyc. Mario disappointed me.

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              taboo Aug 29, 2008 05:46 PM

              Been to Esca twice and very much enjoyed it both times. If it is warm when you are there, try to sit out in the garden. The food is great.

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